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Bheki Khoza @ Afrikan Freedom Station
9 December 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm| R100
A musical journey with the emotive guitar of Bheki Khoza and spoken word
One of South Africa’s great jazz artists, the well-known left-handed guitarist from Umlazi (Durban) will warm up his tour with a performance in Johannesburg at The Afrikan Freedom Station on Saturday 9th December, before heading in January to KwaZulu-Natal for a series of workshops and performances.
An accomplished guitarist with many years of experience as a session musician, teacher and soloist, Bheki Khoza’s sound fuses maskandi with blues and jazz riffs with ease and comfort.
In his Johannesburg performance, he will present Odayd, a musical seminar of jazz with spoken word. For this purpose, he will be supported on the rhythm section by Lex Futshane (bass) and Siphiwe Shiburi (drums), and on the vocal section by Sonto Khumalo, Bonakele Nongogo and Buhle Nongogo.
A master guitarist and a consummate storyteller, recently Bheki has been the musical director for the latest production of The Suitcase (which toured recently UK before being staged at The Market Theatre). Now in December, Bheki Khoza is heading to Uganda, honouring the invitation of the musicians of the King’s Royal Court.
Trained in the streets of Durban and graduated at Hartford University in US, Bheki Khoza is versed in African music idioms, popular music and jazz with emphasis on improvisation. He mastered the art of accompaniment in schools of Dorothy Masuku, Abigail Kubheka, the late Thandie Klassen, Sophie Mgcina and Dolly Rathebe. He was brought to Johannesburg by the late great Sipho Gumede. He has played behind Sibongile Khumalo, Mara Louw, Winston Ngozi, Barney Rachabane, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Caiphus Semenya and many more. In 2006 he won a SAMA award with his debut album, Getting to Heaven Alive.
As a producer, Bheki snatched 4 SAMAs in 2008 (Simphiwe’s Bantu Biko Street), directed the music in the films Sophiatown and Drum, and he co- directed with Bra Ntemi Piliso the music of African Jazz Pioneers in the late 80s. As session musician, he has recorded with Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi Maraqana, and Gcina Mhlophe, amongst others.
Bheki Khoza’s tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.